Beto O’Rourke Post-Debate: ‘I’m Not Going to Confiscate AR-15s’

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during a Democrat
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After using precious moments in the Democrat debate to emphasize plans to take away AR-15s and AK-47s, Beto O’Rourke told Breitbart News, “I’m not going to confiscate AR-15s.”

During the debate, O’Rourke painted a pro-confiscation picture when asked what would happen to AR-15 owners who refused to hand over their guns. He said, “If someone does not turn an AR-15 or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it, in an attempt to intimidate…then that weapon will be taken from them. If they persist, there will be other consequences from law enforcement.”

His debate emphasis on confiscation came less than a month after CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked O’Rourke if he supported confiscation and O’Rourke responded, “Yes,” then stressed that his confiscatory focus is on AR-15s and AK-47s.

O’Rourke’s debate emphasis on confiscation came just over a month after he used the previous Democrat debate to say, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

But after last night’s debate ended, O’Rourke told Breitbart’s Matt Perdie, “I’m not going to confiscate AR-15s.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at




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